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A Confederacy of Dunces – quotes and extracts – 83

“Sure,” she whispered. “Look, you don’t wanna waste your evening messing with that character laying in the street. He’s some kinda bum. You look like you could use you some fun.” She stepped around the white mountain of smock, which was wheezing and snorting volcanically. 88 more words

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Perennial Question

One of the most perplexing questions to have worried thinkers for centuries is the question whether humans are truly free. Or are we determined? One of the people to have given the issue a good deal of thought was, of all people, Leo Tolstoy. 907 more words

Hugh's Blogs

Beauty And Finally Feeling Like You're Worth Something

So today I got a package from Sephora.

Cue Snoopy Dance.

This has been the first time I’ve ordered anything from The Beauty Authority in like a year. 879 more words


Random Friday Fun Facts: The Music of the Spheres

“music is so naturally united with us that we cannot be free from it even if we so desired”
Boethius: De institutione musica

Most serious musicians understand that music and math are inextricably linked.   574 more words


Short Translation of an Extract from Nicholas Trevet's Commentary on Boethius De Consolatione Philosophiae

Nicholas Trevet, born to a knightly family in 1258 and a student of the arts at both Oxford and Paris University at the turn of the fourteenth century, was in the words of Beryl Smalley “a true polymath, being theologian, biblicist, hebraist, historian and classicist.” Trevet travelled widely throughout England, France and Italy in his lifetime and his work was esteemed both in the English Order of Preachers and, through his connection to the Cardinal Nicholas of Prato, at the Papal Court in Avignon the library of which contained a number of his books.   1,844 more words

Current Research

The Part Where Eyes Glaze Over

Once a person, somehow in normal conversation, finds out I have a Master’s degree in English, one or both of two things happens: 1. The question of why I’m not using my degree currently (I taught college English part-time for 6 years and kinda need to live on more than table scraps) & 2. 496 more words


Today's holiday: Räben-Chilbi


Every year on the second Saturday in November, the town of Richterswil, Switzerland, celebrates a holiday named Räben-Chilbi, the largest turnip festival in… 55 more words